Today, write a post about the topic of your choice — using only one-syllable words.
Clear words. I love clear words. I don’t know if I can do this, but here goes!
I taught for years. I taught kids to write. I taught them to use clear words that showed what took place. No frills. No fat. Trim it down, clean it up. That’s the way I was taught.
But if you read old books, you find lots of hard words; words that seem to cloud the facts; words that have more than one part; words of two, three,four, or more parts. Why is it, then, that we teach these days to keep it clean and clear?
Those who write well can do both. They can use short words and long words, and a mix of the two seems best to me. I do think, though, that it is best to start with the short, clear, clean style. When you can say what you want to say that way, then you will have made a great start.
You can write of kites and trees; of moons and stars and doors and keys and jam in jars. You can write of pans and coats and pots and oats. You can stop the ball with a mitt, or you can take a break and sit.
You can say a lot with short clear words. The grass is green, the sky is blue; the house is clean, and I see you!
And now I think I know how Dr. Suess did it 🙂